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HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 1937.
New Law Compels
Report to State Be
fore Operations Start
Many employers of hazardous la
bor in Oregon are getting into dif
ficulties through ignorance, or other
wise, of a new statute compelling
reports to the State Industrial Acci
dent commission regardless of
whether the operation accepts pro
tection afforded by the act, reports
C. F. Freeman, district auditor. That
all such employers may be advised
of the provisions of the law, Mr.
Freeman has released the following
statement concerning it:
The law is administered by the
State Industrial Accident commis
sion and therein is definitely set
forth those operations that are haz
ardous thereunder. Any operation
not listed as hazardous is considered
non-hazardous. It is wholly elect
ive, any employer may accept or re
ject the requirements of the act but
he first must comply with the law
before he can exercise this option.
The law provides that any person,
firm or corporation about to employ
workmen in any of the hazardous
operations set forth in the law must
at least five days before employing
such workmen, notify the commis
sion of his or their intention to en
gage in a hazardous operation, des
cribe the operation, its locality, the
number of workmen and the esti
mated payroll and signify his or
their acceptance or rejection of the
protection afforded by the act. This
notification must be filed if any
workmen are to be employed one
or a thousand for one hour or for
an indefinte period of time.
Among the operations designated
as hazardous in the law is construc
tion of any kind which includes
building erection, alteration or re
pairs; painting, plumbing, electric
wiring and all operation incidental
thereto. This means that erection
of a new home or repairs or alter
ation of homes already built is haz
ardous under the law from the time
the frst shovelful of earth is turned
to the painting of the roof.
Failure to notify the commission
at Salem of intention to employ in a
hazardous operation may result in
severe and drastic penalties even to
the extent that a home builder may
lose that home. These penalties are
as follows: 1 If a workman is in
jured before notification the em
ployer loses all protection afforded
him by the law and gives the injured
Workmen the option of recovering
from the employer or taking under
the commission. Should the work
man choose to take under the com
mission the law makes it mandatory
that the commission recover the cost
of the accident from the employer as
well as collect from him the contri
bution due on the payroll had.
2 Failure to notify is a misde
meanor punishable by a fine of not
less than $25.00 or more than $100.00
for each offense. Each day worked
before notification is considered a
For general purposes it may be
said that a contract for labor is not
a contract in the meaning of the employer-workman
section of the law.
To qualify as a contract an agree
ment for building must be written
and provide that the contractor will
furnish all material as well as sup
ply the labor necessary to do the
Should the job be let by contract
and the contractor fail to notify as
provided in the law or default in any
contribution due the accident fund,
any cost accruing by such failure to
abide by the provision of or to pay
contribution due becomes a lien upon
the premises where the work was
Farming is specifically mentioned
in the law as being non-hazardous
but any construction on a farm is
hazardous and subject to all require
ments of the law governing hazard
The law requires that a notice of
acceptance or rejection must be
posted where any hazardous opera
tion is being conducted and provides
that failure to post is a misdemean
or, punishable, upon conviction, by
a fine of not less than $10.00 or more
Attention is directed to the pickup
in construction throughout the state,
therefore for the benefit of prospect
ive builders, we submit the following
1 Don't fail to notify the State
Industrial Accident commission at
least five days before employing
workmen in a hazardous operation.
2 Don't fail to see that contract
or notifies if contract is let.
3 Don't fail to post blue accept
ance cards or red rejection cards.
4 Don't fail to keep an accurate
record of all payroll.
5 Don't fail to report all payroll
and remit to commission all contri
butions due thereon.
6 Don't fail to see that contract
or has fulfilled all requirements of
the law before final settlement is
For the purpose of auditing pay
rolls the state is divided into dis
tricts by the commission. Auditors
are stationed in each district but
auditors are not always available so
a prospective employer should not
depend on finding one of them but
write direct to the State Industrial
Accident commission at Salem.
CARD OF THANKS.
We wish to express our sincere
thanks to the kind neighbors and
friends for their help and expres
sions of sympathy at the time of
our bereavement. We deeply ap
preciate the many flowers.
Mrs. Daisy Shively
Mrs. Estella Dryden,
J. P. Shively.
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Mike Healy of Portland is visiting
his parents this week.
John and Lawrence Narkoski and
Vernon Root of Aberdeen, Wash.,
spent the week end in Boardman
visiting parents and friends.
The Senior Frolic, which is the an
nual dance of the season, was held
Saturday evening in the gymnasium.
The hall was beautifully decorated
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visiting relatives and friends.
Miss Bertha Akers of lone spent
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Mr. and Mrs. Wes Bottomiller and
daughters Reva and Betty of Ar
lington spent the week end visiting
at the Jack Gorham home.
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daughter Zelda spent the week end
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